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You’ve probably have heard a lot about 5G technology in recent months and you may have seen different commercials. But what is it 5G and how do you get it?

Let’s dig deep and learn more about this amazing next-generation wireless technology.

Years ago, 2G enabled us to send Text messages. 3G and 4G introduced us to video calls and allowed us to surf the internet on our phones. Now it’s time to get yourself ready for 5G.

According to Tech editor Bree fowler “5G will be a game-changer because, in addition to faster data speeds, it lays the groundwork for more advanced uses like autonomous vehicles and smart cities.”

5G allows us to download videos, music, and games up to five times faster than 4G or LTE. 5G will improve the connectivity level, it will be able to handle more than one device at a time and you won’t have to deal with bad services. So, the question is what is 5G and how can you have your hands on it?

Tech genius Fowler said, “5G networks are still being built across the country, the bigger carriers offer it in many major cities, but some smaller ones, too.”

Major carriers in the US have started to roll out 5G for consumer use. The speed and coverage area will increase in the coming years.

Unless you have US versions of Samsung’s newest high-end devices such as Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, S20 Ultra, or high-end Motorola and Oneplus you must have to upgrade to the aforementioned smartphones. Even Apple’s latest devices do not support this technology but Apple is going to introduce its 5G iPhone in November 2020.

Experts say 5G will revolutionize the workplace and enhance consumer experiences. But to understand that technology, we have to go way back.

A spokesperson for Texas 5G Alliance Scott Dunaway said, “You may or may not have had a phone that a lot of us carried around in a briefcase. That was 1G. It was the first generation of mobile connectivity, analog voice. 2G was a digital voice. It was simple data that we were being able to push, the beginning of the text message. It’s a platform that, like, the old Blackberries ran off of.”

Then we saw the entrance of the iPhone with 3G and it made surfing the internet on phones easy.

Then came 4G and LTE, a faster mobile internet which allowed companies like Uber and Careem become a reality.

But how is 5G going to change the mobile?

“Autonomous vehicles are expected to be the data giant of the future. How much they will process at any given moment to be sure that they’re operating safely on our roads will be important, and 5G is going to be an important backbone to make that happen. That includes things like drone deliveries, things of the future that we’re just now starting to see come to market,” Dunaway said.

Dunaway also stated “When the 5G network is deployed, we’re going to see the capacity for all of that data improve so that latency will be a thing of the past. Reliability will be a thing of the past.”

Latency is the response time it takes for a request to travel from a sender to a receiver and for the receiver to process that request. 

According to Dr. Babak Beheshti, “Think of it with 3G. The latency is about 60 thousands of seconds, 60 milliseconds. 4G was about 50 milliseconds. With 5G, it’s going to be less than 1 millisecond,”

5G technology is not going to available to use overnight. It is going to take hard work and money to make the technology available for the entire world. Some developing countries like Pakistan have also conducted Non-Commercial Trials of 5G technology.

We will keep you updated if there is a more update on this next generation of wireless technology. Thanks for reading.


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